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AT&T broadband users will soon face a cap on the amount of internet data they can download a month.

AT&T broadband users will soon face a cap on the amount of internet data they can download a month.

 

ATT USERS BEWARE!

ATT is setting a limits on the amount of Download (Bandwith) you can use for DSL subscribers   CNN posted this MSG today in its tech section.  TELL ATT this wont be tolerated.  If your like me watching vids via netflix, or CNN news streaming media or online gaming (Flight Sim X online) you will meet this limit very fast and be forced to pay more with 10.00 per every 50GB downloaded.    Please help us reverse ATT decision on this poor choice. 

 CALL / EMAIL    ATT AND SAY NO TO THIS POLICY!

 

(WIRED) -- AT&T broadband users will soon face a cap on the amount of internet data they can download a month.

Traditional DSL users will be capped at 150 GB per month, while subscribers to the fiber-backed UVerse system have a 250-GB limit. Usage over that will be charged at $10/month for 50 GB, the company says.

The company says that currently only a small percentage of users -- around 2% -- use this much data a month. If that's the case, it's not clear why the company is bothering to install the caps.

It is, however, the same rationale (and the same usage stat) that the company relied upon to explain why it would be capping iPhone data plans last summer, which had hitherto been "unlimited."

WIRED: Congressman wants to ban download caps

DSL and UVerse connect fairly directly to a hub -- unlike cable connections where users share a local loop that can become congested. Bulk-bandwidth costs for an ISP are a tiny portion of its business costs, and those prices continue to fall even as users consume more and more data.

So, how could a user end up hitting these caps? Streaming video such as HD movies from Netflix, using bittorrent to download movies and heavy gaming with services like Steam can easily eat up lots of data, especially in households with multiple heavy internet users.

AT&T isn't the first large broadband provider to impose caps. Comcast imposed a 250-GB cap shortly after the company was caught throttling bittorrent downloads.

Time Warner Cable tried going further with trials of a service that imposed very low limits for users, which led to a furor among users and lawmakers.

There's little data to demonstrate whether large ISPs actually are experiencing real issues with congestion. Skeptics see the limits as ways to discourage cable video customers from "cutting the cord" and getting their video online, or as a way to pocket profits instead of re-investing in bulking up their infrastructure.

Derek Turner, the research director for the net neutrality advocacy group Free Press says the limits will discourage online innovation, and that with the growth curve of internet usage, the limits will soon catch many internet user.

"When ISPs force their customers to watch the meter, experimentation, innovation and business will suffer," Turner said.

"AT&T's actions are another troubling symptom of a broadband market that lacks meaningful competition, and this move may be the start of a race to the bottom among other providers to see who can squeeze its customers the most. At worst, this is a plan designed to discourage cord-cutting and pad profits; at best, this is another example of an antiquated phone-company business model being forced onto an otherwise vibrant and limitless marketplace."

 

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Re: AT&T broadband users will soon face a cap on the amount of internet data they can download a

If Uverse Internet is available in your area, there is currently no capping.

 

You might look into getting Interent for Business as I don't think it is capped either.

 

It's not just ATT doing capping, cable has been doing it for years. Smiley Sad


capshurtpeople wrote:
a few months back I also got an email from att threatening if I go over again i'll get charged more, now every month I'm so stressed out if i go over the limit I actually had a heat attack, now I have just canceled all my netfilx, amazon video and other bandwidth accounts I don't even watch youtube videos anymore, I have also disabled all flash on websites..... WE SHOULDN"T HAVE TO DO THIS. my internet experience has became nil since their policy took effect, I deal with a lot of uncompressed data huge database text files that can download very fast but it can also fill your data cap really fast so it also hurts my business. I'm currently looking for another isp but in small towns there isn't much options. It's a shameless act on att's part.



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Re: AT&T broadband users will soon face a cap on the amount of internet data they can download a

I just want to say  that I agree I am tired of paying for internet that keeps adding up more money then was expecting to pay 

each month for a poor quality service in addition to paying  every month for hulu service and a game service , as soon as I find a better service  I plan on dropping AT&T...... Ive done it before and was trying to give AT&T a second chance  shame on me for thinking that they have gotton better, I also find it HARD to believe that my neighbor 2 doors away can get Uverse BUT

I CAN'T and  have to settle for direct tv which also sucks!!!!.

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Re: AT&T broadband users will soon face a cap on the amount of internet data they can download a

Try contacting Alex, one of the AT&T Community Managers for further assistance regarding Uverse! Smiley Wink


karbear78 wrote:

I just want to say  that I agree I am tired of paying for internet that keeps adding up more money then was expecting to pay 

each month for a poor quality service in addition to paying  every month for hulu service and a game service , as soon as I find a better service  I plan on dropping AT&T...... Ive done it before and was trying to give AT&T a second chance  shame on me for thinking that they have gotton better, I also find it HARD to believe that my neighbor 2 doors away can get Uverse BUT

I CAN'T and  have to settle for direct tv which also sucks!!!!.


 

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Re: AT&T broadband users will soon face a cap on the amount of internet data they can download a

If that happens, I will change to Charter real quick

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Re: AT&T broadband users will soon face a cap on the amount of internet data they can download a

 I feel all of your pain. I am an AT&T Uverse phone and Internet customer only. I have no TV service to slow down my internet. I pay for 18 Mbps, but seldom get better than 15, and usually get about 12. 

 

What tires me the most is that they tell me that the offer is "up to 18 Mbps". I agree, and as a broadbrand engineer, I understand the need. The issue for me is that when I am getting 4 to 6 Mbps on average, that is not "up to" in my book. 15 to 17 is up to. 12 is pathetic, and 4 to 6 is robbery. 

 

I have asked for service on this, and they discovered (after 4 to 6 calls to check MY equipment) finally found a problem in the lines. BUT THEY HAVE NOT FIXED IT!

 

So I can live with caps, I seldom hit their cap. 250 GB is failry reasonable, and while I could use it up with streaming movies, I rearly do and limit my streaming movies from time. I can live with occasional throttling for netwrok reliability (key word occasional), but bad equipment and poor service is not an excuse for bad bandwidth.

 

So my complaint is that AT&T is not supplying me the level of customer service I expect. Because they cannot give me that speed they offer, I should get a discount. I do not. Because they cannot offer me the service level I pay for, I should be allowed out of my contract. I am not. 

 

This simply means I will leave AT&T for Comcast for phone and internet when my term is up. Sadly, AT&T's poor customer service is not working for me.

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Don't ever attempt to be a work at home person with AT&T residential service. Theire system WILL throttle you back if it thinks you are using too much bandwidth. I heard that directly from an AT&T business class sales consultant!!!!

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That's why there's Business HSI. Smiley Wink I don't think they cap or throttle, IIRC?

I'm sure there are many using Residential for their business, adding to the situation with capping. Smiley Sad
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I work all day so not using bandwidth other than evening - I download VERY little -primary looking at facebook and email - yet every night I sit here waiting for my email to be delivered....as much as a pain in the rear changing vendors that may be the only alternative to this situation.

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I agree AT&T should be broken up but how can that happen when the politicians are in their pocket? When elected officials are more concerned about lobbyists than they are about the citizens who elected them, we no longer are living in a democracy.

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I HOPE ALL THE ATT CUSTOMERS OUT THERE DO WHAT THEY SAY AND SEND ATT A WAKE UP CALL, BOYCOTT ATT, DONT LET THEM PUSH US AROUND. IT IS NOT FAIR. I SAY WE START A COAILITION [Edited to comply with Guidelines], THIS IS RIDICULOUS ATT GET YOUR MONEY HUNGRY HEADS OUT YOUR [word filter avoidance]

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i have contacted att customer service about this and they had a customer service agent call me to explain the policy he explained it all very well.. i informed him of my policy. and it go's like this the first time i actually see a additional charge for extra gigs on my bill i am going to cancel my service cancel my phone cancel my wireless everything. i am even going to sell the shares of stock my wife inherited. the whole idea blows chunks they have spent the last few years adding tv and movies and urging us to watch them. i signed up with hulu and netflix and cancelled my cable tv i feel like i was set up like a bowling pin.. well like i said no matter what the new company policy is. i got my policy and it is quits for me the first time they bill me for this new charge for more gigs. it's just another bogus cash grab by a company that still thinks it's good old ma bell and the only game in town. i been paying my monthly bill with these guy's for over thirty five years and a few years back when i signed up for internet service the sales pitch for their new dsl service included the statement unlimited and that's the way i want it to remain. bottom line just bill me once and poof i am gone.

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Re: AT&T broadband users will soon face a cap on the amount of internet data they can download a

grandwazoo: I feel the exact same way. Between Uverse, phone, wireless service, and business phone, we spend at leats $450 a month with AT&T. BUT, and they know this: Where are you going to go?

 

There are only a hnadfull of options here: Uverse is one. DSL is another, but too slow and from the same company. I can switch to Comcast, but they also have a 250 GB limit, AND in my area, they are hijacking DNS traffic so my VPN fails. There is satellite, but too slow and had limits too.

 

So, where else do I go?  Where do you plan to go? No disrespect, I am seriously curious. 

 

Thanks

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